The Spirit you received does not make you slaves so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him, we cry, “Abba, Father.”
Thursday already!! Can you believe that?
You know, as I read this verse, one thing really stood out to me. Paul writes the Spirit you received does not make you salve so that you live in fear again.
I think the keyword there is, again.
It is an indicator that there was a past in which we had not yet received the Spirit, and we were living in fear.
Can you recall such a time? I can. I remember a time in which everything I did was from a place of fear. I doubted I struggled; I had little hope and no faith. I was on the defense in every situation, and it was not a fun place to be.
The thought of even going back provokes the age-old saying “Not Again” – you know exactly what I am talking about.
I like that this verse says rather, meaning instead of living in that fear, our Spirit has brought us adoption to sonship. We have a father, one that we can call on. We can cry to Him, and He hears us.
There is no greater feeling in the world besides knowing that God is truly for us. Imagine what would happen if we started acting and walking with that full confidence. I promise the atmosphere will change in every room you occupy.
Father God, today we practice occupying rooms with your Holy Spirit guiding us. May the Spirit fill our hearts, our bodies, and our souls. May we remember that we have a father we can call on at any moment, so Lord, today we call on him. Abba, Father, hear us, Lord. Bless us this day. Help us in this season. Help us navigate all of the work that we have to do. Help us in being more like you each day. It is in your holy name that we pray, AMEN!
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